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The best podcasts for People who have struggled in their headspace after the last few years, and like a giggle.

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Who am I?

I'm Mike. My friend Ben and I created Reclining Pair to improve low mood. I've been a professional creative for more than 25 years. I've always struggled with my mental health. Luckily I've always been able to just about manage it with work and a home life, but these past few years have been really tough, what with Covid, lockdowns, self-isolation, and the world in general going to fox todd. Sometimes when your head is bad, the most you can manage is a bit of TV, and that's fine. We're embracing that.

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What is my podcast about and/or how does it relate to the playlist topic you chose?

During the last. 2 - 3 years, I've really embraced conversational podcasts. I can't always deal with a heavily themed show, and while I'm not on my own, I'm definitely at that point in life where you don't see friends as often as you'd like, so podcasts that feel like conversation with friends really filled that gap during lockdown.

What is my podcast playlist about?

This is a handful of the shows I've found to be useful, comforting and uplifting. Good for keeping the old goblins at bay.

The podcasts I picked and why

1. Athletico Mince

Why this podcast?

I've been enjoying Bob Mortimer for 30 years and he's nowhere near stopping being hilarious just yet. He has a brilliant relationship with his podmate Andy Dawson, and together they take us through a series of sketches and stories that always have me in stitches. j'know what I mean?

Athletico Mince

Athletico Mince

Bob Mortimer & Andy Dawson

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4.8

Bob Mortimer and Andy Dawson's podcast - brass hands, blue drink and more. It's not really about football, d'you know what I mean?

Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/athleticomince.



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2. Chatabix

Why this podcast?

Joe and David REALLY helped during lockdown. I'm sure they'd be the first to admit that their daily breakfast-style show was lacking in the content department for rather a long time. Once episode they had so little to talk about, they recorded David taking a shower. Eventually it becomes a well crafted little show with excellent guests and brilliant serialised stories - like them buying the canal boat - but it's that early, rough stuff that really cheered me in dark times and eventually made me think, we could have a go at a podcast ourselves. Inspiring stuff, lads.

Chatabix

Chatabix

Big Oval Plate / Keep It Light Media

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Comedians Joe Wilkinson & David Earl chat utter drivel to each other 3 days a week. They natter to celebrities and deep dive into guests with interesting lives (as theirs is so boring). Occasionally they plan a surprise for each other to pep it up a bit. David loves hearing about behind the scenes stuff from TV shows and writing jingles. Joe likes adventuring and is obsessed with the podcast charts. Sometimes they'll embark on a day out podding together just so they can get out of the house. It's a brilliantly chaotic podcast which occasionally covers regular topics like TV Reviews, Snooker, Canal boating and Music.

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3. GOSSIPMONGERS

Why this podcast?

Even before I was inspired by Chatabix I was laughing my ass off at Gossipmongers. Remember the good old days, when rumours were rumours? Like, proper rumours? The kind that made you avoid that one particular house on your walk home, or that one kid in the playground with soil in his pockets? The kind of stories that years later you'd realise, we're complete bull*hit, but in your youth, they shaped your behaviour and produced many a memorable session of bus-stop tittle tattle. All the best local legends, rumours and folklore. Funny stuff.

GOSSIPMONGERS

GOSSIPMONGERS

David Earl, Joe Wilkinson

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David Earl and Joe Wilkinson read out unsubstantiated rumours sent in by listeners. At the end of each episode they choose their favourite piece of gossip and it then goes through to the Gossip World Cup Finals.

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4. Where There's A Will, There's A Wake

Why this podcast?

Kathy Burke will never not be a legend. WTAWTAW sees her and a guest discuss the important questions on your exit from this blue marble, like how you go and who gets all your gear? Cheerfully morbid or gruesomely jolly. You decide.

Where There's A Will, There's A Wake

Where There's A Will, There's A Wake

Sony Music Entertainment

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If you could plan your perfect death, what would you do? Join Kathy Burke as she chats to the likes of Dawn French, James Acaster and Jamali Maddix asking them questions like 'how do you want to die?', 'where are you going next?' and of course, 'who gets your prized possessions?'. It's a hilarious, irreverent, dark and sometimes moving podcast where our guests will see their death brought to life as they plan their final day from dawn to dusk and into the afterlife. A Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email [email protected]

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5. Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster

Why this podcast?

Ed Gamble and James Acaster invite a guest onto each show to discuss their dream meal, and order a fanciful starter, main, side, drink and dessert. From a stint of chef training earlier in my life, to the gluttonous ape I am today, I've always had an interest in food, both high end and very, very low indeed. Pioneer of the cheesy mash sandwich, right here. Much joy to be had.

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Comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster invite special guests into their magical restaurant to each choose their favourite starter, main course, side dish, dessert and drink. Ever wanted to eat your dream meal? It's time to order Off Menu.


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